‘This doesn’t happen here’: Charlestown residents react to stabbing murder

CHARLESTOWN, R.I. (WLNE) — Charlestown residents are left stunned after a woman was stabbed to death Monday morning by her roommate.

Twenty-five-year-old Alex Rolin is being accused of killing 45-year-old Grya Pihlkrant in her bed with a hunting knife.

For nearly 30 years, Jorie Foer has lived in Charlestown and cannot believe a gruesome crime happened in a town that is so quiet.

“My jaw dropped, I was speechless,” Foer said.

Foer, even more stunned, to learn the suspect is a 25-year-old, the same age as Foer’s son.

“It’s difficult to know somebody my age is capable of something so heinous, but at the same time this is something that happens more often than we would like to think,” Sam Foer added.

“I can’t even remember anything like this ever happening in the local area, even like 5 or 6 miles away,” Sam elaborated.

Both said there is some relief knowing a suspect is in custody.

In court Tuesday, prosecutors said the 25-year-old was taken to the Rhode Island State Police Hope Valley Barracks, where “he eventually admitted to stabbing Ms. Pihlkrant with the black Buck knife and the description he gave was consistent with the suspected murder weapon.”

Rolin has been ordered to be held without bail after an arraignment hearing and is set to appear in court next Wednesday.

Categories: News, Rhode Island